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Seth MacFarlane joked about Weinstein's misconduct at 2013 Oscar nominations

Seth MacFarlane joked about Weinstein's misconduct at 2013 Oscar nominations

And that's when MacFarlane tossed off a joke: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein".

MacFarlane cracked his joke immediately after he listed the nominees for supporting actress.

While those outside of Hollywood was unaware, we found out of at least one person who knew about Weinstein and that was Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

In an emotional Twitter post, MacFarlane revealed that his gag was a way of standing up to the studio boss, who had allegedly sexually harassed his friend and co-star Jessica Barth.

In recent days, the joke has been seen to take on new meaning as shocking stories have come to light regarding Weinstein's gross treatment of women.

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Since the, scores of women have come forward with their own accounts of inappropriate behaviour they claim he made towards them, including a growing number of high-profile actresses, such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Graham.

She said she met with the producer in a hotel room in 2011 and he offered her a film role if she would give him a naked massage in bed.

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company on Sunday amid the sexual harassment controversy, after The New York Times published a report last week claiming Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women over sexual harassment claims spanning three decades. "He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way", she wrote in a tweet. Weinstein's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, called the Times report "saturated with false and defamatory statements", and threatened to sue. "There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this".

MacFarlane wasn't the only comedian to reference Weinstein's alleged sexual misdeeds long before the New York Times story made them public; Tina Fey's hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock took aim at Weinstein on two occasions, with Jane Krakowski's character Jenna Maroney noting, "I have turned down sex with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions". In response to those claims, Weinstein acknowledged that he has "caused a lot of pain" and apologized for his inappropriate behavior and added, "I so respect all women and regret what happened". And, only after he discussed this with me did he make a statement.

"I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again".


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